Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another Stellar Performance By Brodeur

Martin Brodeur had another stellar performance on Tuesday night as the New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 and won the series 4-1. You can add another playoff series win to Brodeur's already impressive resume.

Martin Brodeur Autographed Photo - Authentic 16x20 JsaMarty made 27 saves and received the game's third star. Brodeur has started to peak at just the right time for the Devils. After starting the playoffs on shaky footing, Brodeur has come back to life, looking like a goalie 20 years his junior.

I mentioned in a previous post that the Rangers/Capitals series has been my favorite during this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Devils/Flyers series has been a close second. I've enjoyed watching Marty play well and be an integral part of his team's success.

I keep forgetting that Broduer is 40 years old. He definitely doesn't play like a 40 year old. He seems to have a youthful energy and his performances seem to back that up.

I've been a fan of Brodeur's for about 20 years. I love those awesome Canadian goalies form Quebec. This might be Marty's last chance to win another Stanley Cup. He's playing well enough to give his team a chance. 

If Devils players such as Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique can continue to play good hockey, the Devils could have a chance of hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.

I'm actually amazed that the Devils beat the Flyers in round two. After the Flyers manhandled the Penguins in round one, I really thought that Philadelphia would be the team to beat in the east.

I don't think the Flyers played poorly. I think they were dominated by a better team. They were beaten by a goalie that played exceptional hockey and provided confidence to the rest of the Devils to play well in front of him.

The next round will be even tougher. The Devils will either face the New York Rangers or the Washington Capitals. I'm hoping for a Devils/Rangers conference finals matchup. Those teams are rivals and the series would be extremely exciting. That series could very well be decided by a goalie!

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